Mr Sean Rooney handing over the keys of 3 & 4 Williamson's Place to Donal McGivern, Chairperson of Cara Cancer Support Centre along with the committee
There was much excitement at Williamsons Place, Dundalk on Saturday, with the handing over of the keys of 3 & 4 Williamsons Place to the committee of Cara Cancer Support Centre. Cara, which has been operating since May 2014 from 7 Williamsons Place, will now be able to provide all their services from the new premises, once refurbishment is completed.
Mr Sean Rooney on behalf of the former owners handed over the keys of 3 & 4 Williamson's Place to Mr Donal McGivern the Chairperson of Cara Cancer Support Centre along with the committee members Tom Cassidy, Marie Kindlon, Anna Brennan, Claire Byrne, Patricia McKenna, Annmarie Agnew, Julia Mackin, Margaret Higgins, Marian McArdle. Unable to attend on the day was committee member Patricia McElroy.
Talking to the Dundalk Democrat, committee chairperson Donal McGivern spoke of the work involved to get to this stage, acknowledging the support the people of Dundalk have given to get to where they now are.
“We have to acknowledge the help and support from the people of Dundalk who made today possible, because without it, we would not be where we are now and that’s the long and the short of it”, Donal said.
“We can do so much but without that support and ongoing support, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Donal continued, “Now once we have it [3&4 Williamsons Place], the hard work starts in getting it ready.
"So we’re going to appeal to people again. We know you’ve been there in the past, we hope you’re going to be there on an ongoing basis for the future. It’s a service, not for us, but for the people of Dundalk and the surrounding areas.
"Its open to everybody – people suffering from cancer, their families and their own support network, who can drop in any time and have a chat. We’re there just to listen and help.”
The committee wanted to stress how thankful they are to the people of Dundalk for their support. They had this to say:
“A huge thank you to everyone who took Cara Cancer Support Centre to their hearts, to those who fundraised, made donations and helped in anyway, to make the purchase of 3 & 4 Williamson's Place, Dundalk a reality.
"It is just unbelievable that through the goodwill of the people that Cara Cancer Support Centre has now secured its own home after such a short period of time.
We look forward to restoring this premises and making it into a Tranquil Haven for all cancer patients and their families.”